Joe Exotic’s legal team to hand deliver plea for presidential pardon from fellow reality star Donald Trump
The team of Tiger King star Joe Exotic will hand-deliver a request for US president Donald Trump to pardon him this Wednesday (9 September), reports claim.
Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was convicted in 2019 on two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act after a rivalry with Carole Baskin curdled into an assassination plot.
Since being catapulted into fame after the Netflix docu-series on his life, Exotic has sought to have his sentence pardoned. His legal representatives claim he was wrongly convicted.
Sources told TMZ that Exotic’s attorneys and advocates are set to jet to Washington to file the official pardon request to an anonymous White House contact.
Donald Trump Jr has no clue what Joe Exotic was charged of, but want him released regardless.
When asked during a coronavirus briefing whether he would consider pardoning Exotic, he said he would “take a look” into the Oklahoma zoo owner’s case, because apparently there is nothing else during a pandemic that the president should be dealing with.
Exotic, himself an ardent supporter of Trump, was ecstatic that the president planned to potentially pardon him.
His husband Dillon Passage described how it was “kind of a big deal having the president address something like that.
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“Joe is a really big Trump supporter. When Joe heard that Trump was going to look into it he was really excited to see what could possibly happen.”
Trump’s vague pledge came after his son, Donald Trump Jr, threw his own support to the convicted criminal.
“Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was charged with,” Trump Jr said.
“I watched the show, but it was like, I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn’t
“It doesn’t seem like he was totally innocent of anything. But when they’re saying: ‘We’re putting this guy away for 30 years.’
“I’m saying that seems sort of aggressive.”
It comes after Exotic launched a sprawling $94 million lawsuit against the federal government alleging that he has been subject to civil rights violations, false arrest, false imprisonment, and selective enforcement, among many, many other things.